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2660 Air Ministry Oil Can by T.E. Bladon - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Oil Can by T.E. Bladon - A brass example with a curved spout with a threaded tip . The base of the spout is clearly stamped with the makers name T.E.Baldon (who also made oil lamps for the railways). This example carries an impressive Kings Crown and AM (Air Ministry ) property mark and is dated 1938 so was clearly used in the RAF and would have served throughout WW 11 . The reservoir of the can is accessed by a removable threaded plug on the base . On removing this we could still smell traces of the original contents .No doubt this was an essential piece of kit in an RAF 'Erk’s' tool box.Sadly no history with this one but no doubt it has a story to tell! Measures 9 ” (23 cm)
2403 RAF Bomb Armourers Tool No7 Mk1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Bomb Armourers Tool No7 Mk1 - This is the first example of this scarce instrument that we have had here.It is marked on the grip 'Gauge Cavity Detr. A/C Bomb no 7 Mk 1’,dated 3/41 and also marked C.E.Co. It is also stamped with GN 12 contained within a circle. These tools were used in the arming sheds prior to fitting the fuses and detonators by the armourers to check the cavity in the nose of bombs and also pistol in tail to make sure correct fuse is fitted prior to the ordinance being armed and loaded prior to an ‘Op.’ Made from solid brass ( we assume to avoid sparks ) and this would have formed an essential part of an armourer kit . We can supply a period image of the tool in use on request . Measures 8” (20 cm)
6344 Air Ministry Tyre Pressure Gauge by Kismet - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Tyre Pressure Gauge by Kismet - Here we have another very fine RAF instrument in its original leather case marked ‘Tyre Gauge Kismet Special 20-120 LBS’. The gauge itself is engraved with a crisp AM (Air Ministry ) and Kings Crown property mark and ‘Kesmet Special Giant Model ’ although being quite a modest size we feel this description is a bit of a misnomer! We checked the the patent nos 532760 and this was applied for on 7th September 1939 and this was granted on 30 January 1941 so like other items listed on the site today this instrument almost certainly has a Battle of Britain period provenance. The maker is shown as William Turner & Brothers Ltd of Sheffield. The extending pressure scale covers tyre pressures from 10-120 P.S.I. Whilst this may be in working order for sale here as an RAF collectable only .
Measures 5.5” ( 13.5 cm)

1541 RAF Syringe Petrol stores Reference 1C/5251 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Syringe Petrol stores Reference 1C/5251 - Anther great instrument from the very early days of the RAF . It appears never to have been issued and comes in its original card box still marked with the stores reference details shown above .The top plate is marked ‘Tested R & L 3’and below AM (Air Ministry) and a Kings Crown and 1928 which we assume to be the date of manufacture.We believe these tools were used for priming aircraft engines and whilst for sale as a collectable it seems to be in perfect condition and comes with a removable brass spout. Measures 11.5” with spout fitted (29 cm)
6357 Battle of Britain period Air Ministry Spanner - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain period Air Ministry Spanner - An excellent issued example nicely marked with a large AM ( Air Ministry ) and Kings Crown property mark and dated 1940. The reverse confirms the dual size in BSW ( British Standard Whitworth) in the old Imperial measurement scale devised in 1841 .Interestingly one end has been damaged in use and skilfully braised so it safe to assume this spanner served its time back in the summer of 1940!
measures 6.5” (17 cm )
3417 RFC Trench Art Shell case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRFC Trench Art Shell case - This example , like the match box case we have listed today, carries a Royal Flying Corps NCO and Other Ranks cap badge engraving with laurel leaves ,Kings Crown and RFC monogram to the front . The reverse is engraved with a four bladed propeller in somewhat naïve form with the dates 1912-18 below . The shell case, has been fired, is fully numbered on the base with P.D.P.s 190 and dated 9.16; it is also marked 37-85 and carries a logo of a small round bomb with flames above .We understand the P.D.Ps indicate it was made by Pinchart Denys, Paris (the largest manufacturer of shell casings in France ), 37 confirms a 37 mm calibre, 85 represents 1885, the year this type of shell was first introduced, 190 the manufacturing lot number and the date of production is September 1916. We have priced this and the match box cover separately but we can offer a 10% discount if both items are purchased together. Measures 3.75" (9.5 cm)
3416 Royal Flying Corps Trench Art matchbox holder - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Trench Art matchbox holder - Small but beautifully formed ! Fashioned from battlefield brass scrap the font is engraved with a Royal Flying Corps NCO and Other Ranks cap badge with laurel leaves ,Kings Crown and RFC monogram. The reverse side is egraved with a WW1 Iron Cross with an imperial crown , ‘W’ and the date 1914 .Both front back and spine area carry incised lines to highlight the engraving . Sadly no history although this item came with the engraved trench art shell case we are also listing today. Measures 2.5" x 1.25" (6 cm x 4 cm)
5460 Malta Mess Bell 1947-50 - Click for the bigger picture SoldMalta Mess Bell 1947-50 - We bought this lovely mess bell from a gentleman in Devon who had owned it for years and the family history handed down with it was it served at RAF Luqa with 73 Squadron. We have checked on line and the dates 1947-50 seem to line up with when 73 Squadron were then based on the Island flying Spitfires and Vampires and were subsequently posted to Leconfield in 1950 .
The base measures 6.75 long (17 cm) and seems to be made of Bakelite .The bell stands 5.5” high(14cm.) .Bell itself is 3.5” across the mouth (8.5CM).It has a very nice tone and is operated by turning the knurled ends . It has no makers or other marks and seeing its construction it appears to have been made up on the Island. Certainly a one off!
6272 RAF MK V11 Flying Goggles 2nd pattern - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF MK V11 Flying Goggles 2nd pattern - On offer are a superb set of original Mk V11 flying goggles that have been fully refurbished to a very high standard indeed. The brass frame and flip shield mount , which is marked with a Kings Crown , AM and stores reference number 22C/826, are original items but have been re finished in the correct deep blue paint . The leather parts and face pads are replacement items but are exact copies of the original reflecting how the goggles would have looked when issued back in 1942. The back strap is an original issue item, but would have originally been fitted to wartime RAF night training goggles . These goggles do turn up from time to time and we have seen them listed on some websites and e bay as ‘mint unissued originals’ which is not entirely accurate ! We describe them exactly as they are and offer at a price well below what a set of originals in this condition would cost today . These would display perfectly with an appropriate RAF flying helmet and oxygen mask but would also be ideal for the re enactor to wear without risking damaging a 100% original set . The tinted lenses fitted to these goggles in our view give them the edge over the clear lenses normally seen .
5376 U.S.A.A.F. Flying Helmet named to 1st Lt. Talmage L Ambrose - Click for the bigger picture SoldU.S.A.A.F. Flying Helmet named to 1st Lt. Talmage L Ambrose - A fine AN-H-15 Summer flying helmet manufactured by the Bates Shoe Co. with a contract number dating it to 1944 . Manufactured from beige cotton helmet the size is marked as medium. The cloth is in excellent condition. Shows minor storage soiling and age wear only. AAF labelled. Good strap complete with velvet chin pad protector. The helmet is fully wired with the receivers stamped ANB-H-1 and made by the Rola Company and over stamped SC3339A , both connected to a communication cord marked Headset HS 38 .The helmet is fitted with snaps and clips for oxygen mask attachment. Inside the helmet is in excellent issued condition and is complete with a woven AAF label .What lifts this helmet from the good to the exceptional is that stencilled inside is named to the wartime owner Ambrose service number 0767060.
Subsequent research confirms the helmet belonged to TALMADGE L. AMBROSE, born in Akron, Ohio. On completion of his training he was posted overseas to European Theatre on Operations and assigned to 373 Fighter Group, 410 Fighter Squadron ,joining the unit in Normandy flying the P -47 Thunderbolt. He flew 84 missions , destroying at total 11 enemy aircraft. His kill tally including four FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany on April 8, 1945, and for this action he was awarded a DSC. In addition he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Medals with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal. During one operation Ambrose was shot down by 22 mm ground fire over Siegfried Line. Indeed a helmet with history and something rather unique for a serious AAF collection !
6250 Trench Art Model Aircraft on oak base - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Model Aircraft on oak base - This rather portly model is a mystery and we have to date been unable to ID, so any help welcome! Ideas to date have been a French Moraine or a Russian Yak but neither seem to quite line up .It has been suggested this is a fantasy aircraft but we feel it unlikely not to be based on a real airframe . The model carries 4 gun ports to the leading edge of the wing so clearly a fighter and likely to be WW11 .It is very nicely fashioned from aircraft alloy and an unusual detail is the small piece of perspex set into the cockpit . The base is oak and measures 4.5” square ( 12cm) and the model stands 3.5” high (9cm). The wingspan is 6” (14cm) .
6253 Aircraft Propeller Paper Knife - Click for the bigger picture SoldAircraft Propeller Paper Knife - Just what every aviation enthusiast needs on his desk! A beautifully detailed and very tactile two bladed propeller finished in chrome with central hub and spinner . The paper knife measures 10” ( 25cm) . No idea of its history of age but here at the Oldnautibits HQ we have never seen another . An ideal Christmas present that you won’t find listed on Amazon.com !
6252 Heinkel HE 70 'Blitz 'Model - Click for the bigger picture SoldHeinkel HE 70 'Blitz 'Model - The Heinkel He 70 was a German first flew in 1932 as a mail and fast passenger aircraft which also saw use in auxiliary bomber and reconnaissance roles. The He 70 is known mainly as the direct ancestor of the Heinkel He 111 which used its distinctive oval wings and streamlined fuselage in a twin-engine configuration. It is therefore an unusual and scarce model. Unlike the other items we have just listed, this one, which is mounted on a marble base, looks to be of commercial origin. It could perhaps have been commissioned in the 1930’s as a gift for the companies potential customers. It is nicely made showing cockpit, ailerons and elevator detail and carries a twin bladed propeller. The base measures 2.5” square (6cm) and the model stands 2.5” high (6cm) and the wingspan is 5.5” (13cm).
6251 Messerschmitt Bf 108 Trench Art Model - Click for the bigger picture SoldMesserschmitt Bf 108 Trench Art Model - We believe this model to be of the the Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun although we stand to be corrected if we have got this wrong! The 108 was an all metal single-engine sports and touring aircraft developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and first flew in 1935 and served with the Luftwaffe during World War II, where it was primarily used as a personnel transport and liaison aircraft. We are advised the stand of this model is fashioned from a part recovered from an aircraft crash site although we are unable to ID the part. The stand is 4” high (10cm) and the model carries a wingspan of 4” (10cm). The airframe is made from aircraft alloy and although no propeller is fitted but this helps to give the aircraft the look of being in flight. An unusual subject for a trench art model.
6249 De Havilland DH88 Comet Racer Trench Art Model - Click for the bigger picture SoldDe Havilland DH88 Comet Racer Trench Art Model - A fine example mounted on a sectioned alloy cylinder converted into an ashtray .The de Havilland DH.88 Comet was a twin-engine British aircraft designed for the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race. The type set many aviation records during the race and afterwards served as a pioneer mail plane. The modern features and clean lines of the DH.88, especially in the striking colours of Grosvenor House, the race winner, make it a true design classic. Our model, fashioned from aircraft alloy lacks propellers but this helps create the impression it is really in flight .The cylinder ashtray is 5 1/4” diameter (13cm). The model stands 6” high ( 15cm) and carries a wingspan of 5.5” (14cm.) Purchased from the same collection as the Spitfire model we have just listed.
6248 Supermarine Spitfire 'Desk Tidy' Trench Art - Click for the bigger picture SoldSupermarine Spitfire 'Desk Tidy' Trench Art - A superb example featuring a hardwood base on which is mounted an aircraft alloy ‘lightning bolt’ stand with a small but nicely detailed Spitfire mounted on top, which is also fashioned from aircraft alloy and fitted with turning three bladed propeller . Two aluminium strips are fitted to the front of the base to hold a pen or pencil in position .To the rear right of the base is a further aluminium container with a sprung loaded flip top which carries a Kings Crown and RAF albatross logo , possibly fashioned from an RAF button. Inside the container we found an original used Edward V11 stamp ! Clearly period made, this is a totally unique item and several cuts above standard trench art. The base measures 6 .75” x 4.5” (17cm x 11cm). The Spitfire stands 6 “ high (15cm) and has a wingspan of 4” (10 cm)
6276 RAF No 1 Group Headquarters Bomber Command Station Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF No 1 Group Headquarters Bomber Command Station Plaque - A superb original hand painted example featuring a black panther's head . The badge commemorates the code name ‘Panther’ which the Group had in 1939 at the time of its mobilisation for service in France, as the Advanced Air Striking Force.This is surmounted by a Kings Crown and below the motto ‘Swift to Attack’ . The shield is finished in varnished oak and on the back we discovered hand written ‘Hucknall 1940 '. A little research has revealed Hucknall is one of the oldest airfields in the country that has seen continuous use since it was built in 1916. No 1 Group Bomber Command, on returning from France in June 1940, reformed at Hucknall in Nottinghamshire with Fairy Battles then Vickers Wellingtons in its arsenal. Polish squadrons came under 1 Group’s command between 1940 and ’41 bringing in much needed pilots , hoping to ensure the War would soon be won. In 1942, No 1 Group re-equipped with Halifax’s and Lancaster’s and attacked the Ruhr Valley, Cologne and Berlin with over 1000 bomber ops flown. Our plaque is fitted with brass mounting points on the reverse and we assume it would have been displayed somewhere on the base HQ at RAF Hucknall during WW11 . The original painting has been varnished over, probably for protection and whilst the varnish has lifted in places the colours are still vibrant . A definite one off ! Measures 15.25” (39 cm)
5165 Original Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Removed from Bentley Priory during restorations . The section of oak flooring , which is tongued and grooved , is mounted with a Kings Crown RAF Fighter Command plaque with the motto 'Offence Defence’. Below that is a brass plaque which confirms the provenance ‘Part of the oak flooring of Bentley Priory Headquarters Fighter Command from where Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding directed the Battle of Britain.’ Recent fears that Bentley Priory, which was designed by 19th Century architect Sir John Soane, would be lost to the nation have been proved unfounded after a long campaign and the fine building located in Stanmore, north west London, will become a permanent memorial to Fighter Command’s crucial role in protecting Britain from Luftwaffe raids. The museum is scheduled to open in September 2013. We can only speculate who walked on this section of floor board but nice to think it came from ‘Stuffy’ Dowding’s own office and ‘listened in’ to conversations between the great man and Sir Keith Parks and others back in the dark days of 1940. The section of original flooring measures 4.5” x 3.5” ( 11 cm x 9 cm). A modest but important piece of Battle of Britain memorabilia !
3190 Airscrew Weybridge Mounted propeller Display - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirscrew Weybridge Mounted propeller Display - A very attractive display board featuring the central section of an original propeller featuring a transfer indicating manufactured by the Airscrew Co & Jicwood Ltd, Weybridge. Whilst the Airscrew Company was formed in 1923 the subsidiary Jicwood was not established until 1938, so the propeller was clearly manufactured on or after this date. Stamped on the hub is the code WT U765 T28 and above the serial number 768.If any visitors can help with an ID to the aircraft type it relates to we will add information to our description . The hub is fitted with a metal spinner finished in the colours of an RAF roundel. Mounted above the propeller is an original Royal Flying Corps trench art brass ashtray which is finely engraved with an RFC pilots brevet. The display is completed with a framed photograph depicting a rather bent WW1/1920’s period biplane with the registration code K- 1505 clearly showing on tail and fuselage. Clearly the various parts displayed have all originated from different sources but has resulted in a very effective aviation themed collage. The propeller relic measures 25.5” ( 64 cm) and the grey painted wooden display board is 20” from top to bottom (51 cm.)
4835 Royal Flying Corps Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Cigarette Case - a superb solid silver example in the classic curved shape,designed to sit well in a tunic pocket and carrying a finely engraved RFC pilots brevet to the front as well as the campaigns the original owner served in. Above the RFC wings we have France , with the engraving slightly worn and below is Egypt and Salonica. Immediately beneath the wings Macedonia with the dates 1916-17-18, with final campaigns listed as Malta ,Crete and Italy. Sadly no name or even initials have been added so like the RFC walking stick we have just listed we have no way of ascertaining who the original owner was but on the assumption he was aircrew he must have been either highly skilled or highly lucky(or most likely both!) to have survived what appears to be nearly every major theatre of World War 1 when the life expectancy of RFC aircrew was often numbered in weeks if not days. The inside of the case is clearly hallmarked with an anchor and lion motif and date letter 'W' confirming the case was manufactured in Birmingham in 1921.We have however been unable to decipher the makers mark.We can only assume it was purchased by or presented to the owner after serving and surviving WW1 as a reminder of his service in the Royal Flying Corps. The case is in generally good used condition commensurate with its age and was clearly used for the purpose it was intended and was not just a decorative piece sitting in a draw or display cabinet. The hinge and latch mechanism are in good working order and it still retains the original elastic to hold a single row of Woodies , or dare I say it, perhaps Senior Service, in place? Measures 4.5” x 3.25”(11.5 cm x 8.5 cm.)
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